In the event of a power outage or other emergency, we need to be prepared. Below is a list of basic necessities for families, pets, seniors, and those with unique needs.
Build A Kit
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
Additional Emergency Supplies
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Glasses and contact lense solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Maintaining Your Kit
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
- Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
- Replace expired items as needed
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
Kit Storage Locations
Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.
- Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
- Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
- Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
Parents and Teachers:
We have developed a graphic organizer- PRC 3P’s Conference Chart (2) for parents and teachers to use as a means of communication and building relationships. We have been distributing this to parents during evening activities at the schools.
This is an excellent tool to use during Parent/Teacher conferences. Parents leave the conference understanding what their child does well, needs improvement on, and activities coming up for parents to be involved/engaged in. If parents forget to bring theirs, you can print one here
Parents and teachers are encouraged to use the services of the Parent Resource Center for additional support.
Remember the three P’s when developing a parent/school relationship: Praise, Prevent, and Plan. Part of planning includes bringing up issues prior to an official parent-teacher conference or scheduled meeting. This can help you and the teacher develop a strategic approach to any challenges your child might face.
If you’re full of hope that this year will be different, that’s great! Just try to avoid the “wait and see” approach. When you wait until the teacher is calling you with a problem, it can be more difficult to get on the same page and work on a solution together.
And always….CONTACT THE PARENT RESOURCE CENTER:
Susan & Jessie are here to help YOU!
Caroline County Center – GCC
Carmel Church Medical Office Bldg.
11073 Col. Armistead Drive
Ruther Glen, VA 22546
You are cordially invited to attend a Town Hall Event –
September 13, 2017 Caroline County Community Center 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drugs and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA released Chasing the Dragon) This documentary was filmed in part at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Following the viewing, a discussion about the crisis and what individuals and families can do to prevent their loves ones from becoming addicted. The panel will be comprised of representatives from local law enforcement, community mental health, local treatment providers, physicians, the health district, persons of lived experience, and the DEA. The viewings are free and open to the public (Warning: The film contains graphic content and language. Parent discretion is advised)
SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – will hold it’s first general business meeting of the 2017-2018 school year on Monday, September 18, 2017 – 4:30 pm – Parent Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA. Topics will include new member recruitment. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
For more info CLICK HERE or contact Susan Gayle at the PRC at 804-633-7083 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paragon Autism Services: 1st Saturday of each month from 10 to 12 p.m.Paragon’s Lego/Train Club at our Chatham office. We provide Legos and trains for the children. Older individuals bring Lego Games and are provided a separate room. The children have fun and the parents exchange information, stories, and comradery.
- 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. Paragon Autism Services and ASNV co-host a Support Group in our Princess Ann St. office Every other month a topic which has been requested by the group is presented by a local professional. February has free discussion on the agenda and March has a presentation scheduled for transition services.
- 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m Paragon’s Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World where we rent the entire facility and limit attendance to 50 children to ensure safety. It proves to be a fun evening for both children and their parents!!!!
- 4th Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. Rappahannock Area Autism Council Lunch and Learn held at the dRC. This event is a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals with Autism to ask questions and seek information from local service providers.
- Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
- Community Services Board (CSB)
The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
- Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
- Department of Social Services (DSS)
and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
- disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 540-373-2559
A Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living.
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
- Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
DARS can assist you with many things. They collaborate with schools in providing Transition Services. They offer Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, and they process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs.
For more information on any topics addressed in this post, please contact the Parent Resource Center.
Have a great weekend!! ~Susan